agustav walnut book rack

Finding unique ways to display a book collection is as much a hobby for some bookworms as building that stellar library. The gorgeous Hanging Book Rack from Etsy seller OldAndCold is a truly unusual book storage method.

agustav book rack minimal

As the name implies, the rack utilizes a hanging method to store books. A wall-mounted rail holds 12 “pins” which are made of waxed cotton. At the end of each pin, a small square of wood supports the bottom of the book.

agustav book rack

The pins can also be used as bookmarks; you just slip the string into the pages to hold your place as it hangs until the next time you take it down to indulge in some reading.

agustav book rack side

From an Etsy feature on the book racks:

“The book racks came as a natural process of nesting our home,” says designer Agusta. “My husband is a furniture maker and we custom make almost every piece of furniture in our tiny apartment. We’re both gatherers at heart, and we find it extremely difficult to part with things we think we’ll be able to use someday. Since both of us are that way, obviously stuff builds up pretty fast. So storage is something we had our minds. We wanted something functional and aesthetically appealing that would complement its space.”

gustav mini book rack

The rack is a true thing of beauty when full of hanging books. According to the maker and to users, the unique storage method causes no damage or unusual wear to the books. The Hanging Book Rack is available in the original 12-pin style for $210 (US) or in the mini version with six pins for $110. As if you needed any more convincing to buy one of these beauties, the makers plant a tree for every rack sold.

Here’s more info about the creators:

“We are a husband-and wife team of designers and furniture makers, Agusta and Gustav (AGUSTAV). Together we hand-build each and every item in our workshop in Reykjavík, Iceland. Each item starts as a custom make for our home before it finds it way to the market for others to enjoy.”